Upcoming Interview: Buying American
“The thing with computers and electronics is that people have the feeling that it's basically impossible to buy things that were made here,” said Roger Simmermaker, author of How Americans Can Buy American. “You cannot buy a DVD, a cordless phone, or an alarm clock radio that is made in America.”
I have his book on order and have been in contact with Roger (his website is here). Roger has agreed to an email interview, which I will post here on the blog.
If you have any questions for him, please email them to me using the link in the left-hand column.
Personally, I'm a bit torn on the topic. I'm not in favor of propping up failing American companies and buying their products ONLY because they are an American company. But, it is nice to promote American companies and to make the choice to buy American when you can. I want to see American companies do well, but without giving them “charity” business or government handouts.
GM is producing much better vehicles today because of the competition from Toyota and the others. Had we closed our markets, we'd all be driving very crappy cars. The best way for GM to succeed in the long run is through responding to competition (and unfortunately, they're not doing a great job on that front).
What do you think? Click on comments. I think we can have some very interesting discussions on this topic, as manufacturing people and as consumers. Also, I know there are many blog readers from other countries. I invite you to chime in. Although I blog as an American, I don't want to exclude the perspectives of others. Are there “Buy French” campaigns in France?